Fans celebrate kickoff with family tradition
COLUMBIA - Fans kicked off the Mizzou football game Saturday with a lot of excitement and tradition. Many fans came from all over to see the Missouri Tigers play against Southeast Missouri. Friends and family set up tailgates all over campus to celebrate the start of the football season.
Lohn Weber of Kansas City graduated from Mizzou in 1987 and has quite the eye catching tradition. He purchased a tiger striped school bus from Craigslist two years ago and has been tailgating with it ever since. He said he felt that it would be a fun way for his daughter to meet new people while she attended Mizzou.
"A couple years ago my daughter started here at Mizzou and thought tailgating would be a fun activity to get to know her and her friends better so I went out on Craigslist and bought this from some guys in Harrisburg who painted it themselves. After a couple of years they decided to get rid of it so I was happy to buy it from them," Weber said.
Patrick Manning came from a town just outside of Tulsa to watch the Tigers play Saturday. He has been a season ticket holder for the past five years and has been coming up for games for the past seven. He said he finds the atmosphere at Mizzou very positive. Tailgating is a big tradition in his family and is something they they look forward to.
"You always remeber the memories you have from tailgating. So, we always look at it as a family tradition and as something positive and bonding within the family," Manning said.
Both Manning and Weber said they are very hopeful about this season with how the Tigers have been playing in years past. Missouri clinched the SEC East title in 2013 and 2014.